Fall Main dishes Recipes

Moroccan Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Here’s another delicious recipe using one of fall’s best offerings: squash. And like Southwest Stuffed Peppers, they’re a whole meal in one!

Moroccan Stuffed Acorn Squash
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 Acorn squash (look for squash with a yellow spot)
  • ¾ lb lean ground beef
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 15 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika (or regular)
  • 2 Tbsp orange marmalade or apricot jam
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cut squash in half, scoop out seeds, and place squash halves on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle flesh of squash with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Place flesh-side down on baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes or until squash has softened and browned.
  5. Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large skillet. Add ground beef and let brown, stirring occasionally to break up the pieces. When no longer pink, stir in a sprinkle of salt, all the spices, and the jam/marmalade until the meat is evenly coated.
  6. Add the cooked rice and canned tomatoes to the skillet and stir to combine.
  7. Remove the squash from the oven, turn squash so it’s flesh-side up, and stuff with the meat mixture. Top with shredded cheese of any kind (feta or mozzarella would be tasty) if you wish, and return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 stuffed squash half

Here’s what the squash will look like after roasting, before stuffing.

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  • Mamma
    November 2, 2010 at 5:50 am

    The stuffed acorn squash recipe looks wonderful!! Would it also be good if made without the meat?

  • Jen
    November 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    This looks so delish – I happen to have purchased an acorn squash yesterday and was wondering what to do with it when I saw your article post! Moroccan Squash, here we come (tonight, can’t wait!).

  • Jen
    November 9, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Plus, I like that you used staple ingredients that I have at home.

  • Millie
    November 9, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and I love it! So simple and amazingly tasty – thanks so much!

  • M.
    October 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Awesome…made it tonight..added some cayenne to the spice mix because we like spicy, but followed the rest. Loved it, and will definitely make it again….

  • Amelia
    October 15, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Yum! Love the spicy idea too!

  • Bridget
    January 8, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Love this idea, just made it with Trader Joes quick cooking farro, added a splash of red wine and the best part local squash. So wish we could enjoy these together tonight!

  • Elizabeth
    October 4, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Definitely, you can sub for chick pes and/or lentils abd diced mushroom. Enjoy!

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